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Publication date: 17 May 2012
John Hayes addresses this week’s AoC International Conference, the core theme of his speech was his vision for a more strategic joined up approach for the FE sector’s international work. This coincides with the publication of the AoC led report; ‘UK Vocational Education and Training (VET) Towards a Comprehensive Strategy for International Development’ which sets out the components of a successful international strategy and the issues that need to be addressed as we go forward. The Minister spoke of the importance of the FE sector taking a joined up approach to international work that takes account of the whole breadth of the sector. He emphasised the need for international leadership and better co-ordinated action from government whilst learning lessons from competitors and HE in terms of supporting the sector over the long term. The report recognises that many organisations, public and private, have achieved substantial success in exporting goods and services and in providing excellent opportunities for international students in the UK but that this success has been uneven and that the ambition of an over-arching strategy will greatly add value to FE sector providers’ international activities. The primary means of achieving this aim is the development of a central support organisation for the full range of UK VET’s international work which will help support UK VET’s international ambitions and a brand under which UK suppliers and providers usually offer international services.
As we progress the strategy will be looking for further input from the sector and if you would like to comment on the report and next steps please contact John Mountford